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Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)

Chapter 5 : Arrest

47. Private persons to assist in arrest when called upon


(1) Every male inhabitant of the Republic of an age not below sixteen and not exceeding sixty years shall, when called upon by any police official to do so, assist such police official—
(a) in arresting any person;
(b) in detaining any person so arrested.


(2) Any person who, without sufficient cause, fails to assist a police official as provided in subsection (1), shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding R300 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months.

[Section 47(2) substituted  by section 4 of Act No. 33 of 1986]